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Loving Leah (2009)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 25 January 2009
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A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

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Jeff Bleckner
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Ambrose ... Leah Lever
Adam Kaufman ... Jake Lever
Susie Essman ... Malka
Harris Yulin ... Rabbi Belsky
Natasha Lyonne ... Esther
Christy Pusz Christy Pusz ... Carol
Ricki Lake ... Rabbi Gerry
Mercedes Ruehl ... Janice Lever
Tonye Patano ... Emily
Donnie Keshawarz ... Raj
Sylvia Kauders ... Widow Goldfarb
Jayne Houdyshell ... Mrs. Finkelman
David Rossmer ... Rabbi Benjamin Lever
Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Saloway
Jolly Abraham ... Priya
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Storyline

When his estranged brother dies suddenly, Jake Lever is confronted with an old Jewish custom. In days past, a man was expected to marry his deceased brother's childless widow, but it is now customary to perform a ceremony releasing the pair from the obligation. During the Halizah ceremony, Jake feels uncomfortable renouncing his brother's memory. Additionally, Leah wishes to escape the confines of her orthodox community and avoid her mother's matchmaking. On the spur of the moment, Leah and Jake decide to enter into a platonic marriage of convenience. Written by L. Hamre

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Loving Leah episode #58.2 See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film follows the Jewish traditions quite faithfully, but there's no mention of Kaddish - a prayer in affirming God in honor of the dead. See more »

Goofs

A sign outside the Reform synagogue says that the rabbi's name is Gerry, so there's no expectation that the synagogue will turn out to have a female rabbi. However, for Leah's mother, a glance at the synagogue's sign is enough to reveal that the rabbi is a woman. See more »

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Features Moonstruck (1987) See more »

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Written by Michael Bublé, Amy Foster-Gillies, and Alan Chang
Performed by Michael Bublé
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Okay, so it's a corny love story, but it's a pleasure to see a portrait of Jewish life
10 December 2016 | by clivySee all my reviews

So "Loving Leah" is a little schmaltzy, even for a love story. I loved it anyway. It's a real pleasure to watch a movie that is respectful of Jewish customs and presents a non sensationalized, exploitative, or prejudiced view of Jewish religious practice. Usually the only portraits of Jewish life I see on TV are tragic stories set during the Holocaust or comedies. I appreciated that Leah's mother was strict and scared her daughter enough for her to put up a show of the pretend marriage, but ultimately she cared for Leah, wanted her to be happy, and encouraged her to go back and make up with Jacob, even if he wasn't Orthodox, and even if he and Leah would attend a Reform Temple with a woman rabbi. I appreciated that none of the characters were stereotypes or played for laughs. Well done Hallmark!


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